Latino Comics Expo to launch sister event in Brownsville

Creators of the California-based Latino Comics Expo will head to the LoneStarState next month when they expand their two-day festival celebrating Latino artists, filmmakers and culture to Brownsville.

The Latino Comics Expo, from Feb. 3-4 at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, will be the first time organizers have taken the event outside the Golden Coast. It will feature panels with nationally acclaimed cartoonists, a short film festival, workshops, an artists’ alley, museum exhibits and a cosplay contest.

“We’re trying to make it a little bit more ambitious than what they do in California,” Expo Co-Director Larry Rattner said. “It will have more of a focus on social issues, diversity and feminism.”

Proceeds from tickets will benefit the museum.

“We’re really happy to have it here,” Museum Administrative Director Deyanira Ramirez said. “This is our first time holding this kind of event, but we hope it’s not the last time.”

Advance tickets will cost $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and are free for children in the eighth grade or younger with adult. Information is online at